Principles of Soil and Plant Water Relations

1st Edition

Authors: M.B. Kirkham M.B. Kirkham
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124097513
eBook ISBN: 9780080492162
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 30th September 2004
Page Count: 520
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Principles of Soil and Plant Water Relations combines biology and physics to show how water moves through the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. This text explores the instrumentation and the methods used to measure the status of water in soil and plants. Principles are clearly presented with the aid of diagrams, anatomical figures, and images of instrumentation. The methods on instrumentation can be used by researchers, consultants, and the military to monitor soil degradation, including measurements of soil compaction, repellency, oxygen diffusion rate, and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity.

Intended for graduate students in plant and soil science programs, this book also serves as a useful reference for agronomists, plant ecologists, and agricultural engineers.

Key Features

  • Principles are presented in an easy-to-understand style
  • Heavily illustrated with more than 200 figures; diagrams are professionally drawn
  • Anatomical figures show root, stem, leaf, and stomata
  • Figures of instruments show how they work
  • Book is carefully referenced, giving sources for all information
  • Struggles and accomplishments of scientists who developed the theories are given in short biographies.

Readership

Agronomists, horticulturists, agricultural engineers, agricultural climatologists, plant ecologists. Graduate-level courses in soil and plant water relations, upper-level undergraduate, consultants working on military contracts.

Table of Contents

Introduction Definitions of Physical Units and the International System Structure and Properties of Water Tensiometers Terminology Static Water in Soil Water Movement in Saturated Soil Field Capacity, Permanent Wilting, Available Water, and the Non-Limiting Water Range Penetrometer Measurements Measurement of Oxygen Diffusion Rate Infiltration Pore Volume Measurement of Soil Water Content using Time Domain Reflectometry Root Anatomy and Poiseuille’s Law Water Movement to Plant Roots and Gardner’s Equation Measurement of Water Potential with Thermocouple Psychrometers Measurement of Water Potential with Pressure Chambers Stem Anatomy and Measurement of Osmotic Potential and Turgor Potential Cohesion Theory Electrical Analogues Leaf Anatomy and Elasticity Stomatal Anatomy and Stomatal Resistance Solar Radiation and Black Bodies Measurement of Canopy Temperature with Infrared Thermometers Crop-Water-Stress Index Potential Evapotranspiration Water and Yield

Details

No. of pages:
520
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2005
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080492162
Hardcover ISBN:
9780124097513

About the Author

M.B. Kirkham

M. B. Kirkham is a Professor in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University. Her research involves two areas: soil-plant-water relations and uptake of heavy metals by crops grown on polluted soil (called “phytoremediation”). Dr. Kirkham is currently collaborating with colleagues at the Kansas State University Northwest Research-Extension Center in Colby, Kansas to study yield and water relations of sorghum grown under the semi-arid conditions of far western Kansas. Dr. Kirkham serves on several editorial boards: Soil Science; Journal of Crop Improvement; International Agrophysics; Crop Science; Australian Journal of Soil Research; Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment; Agricultural Water Management; Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Research; Agricultural, Food and Analytical Bacteriology; and Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science. In addition, Dr. Kirkham has received the CSSA Crop Science Research Award and the 2010-11 Iman Outstanding Faculty Award for Research.

Affiliations and Expertise

Kansas State University, Manhattan, USA

M.B. Kirkham

M. B. Kirkham is a Professor in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University. Her research involves two areas: soil-plant-water relations and uptake of heavy metals by crops grown on polluted soil (called “phytoremediation”). Dr. Kirkham is currently collaborating with colleagues at the Kansas State University Northwest Research-Extension Center in Colby, Kansas to study yield and water relations of sorghum grown under the semi-arid conditions of far western Kansas. Dr. Kirkham serves on several editorial boards: Soil Science; Journal of Crop Improvement; International Agrophysics; Crop Science; Australian Journal of Soil Research; Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment; Agricultural Water Management; Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Research; Agricultural, Food and Analytical Bacteriology; and Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science. In addition, Dr. Kirkham has received the CSSA Crop Science Research Award and the 2010-11 Iman Outstanding Faculty Award for Research.

Affiliations and Expertise

Kansas State University, Manhattan, USA

Reviews

""Unique in various ways, and above all is a pleasure to read or browse through. Each chapter contains plenty of references and has extraordinary detail, as one might expect from Mary Beth Kirkham. Unlike most other textbooks Mary Beth devotes many chapters solely to specific instrumentation, including chapters on tensiometry, soil penetrometers, soil oxygen diffusion rate, tension infiltrometry, time domain reflectometry, psychrometry, pressure chambers, and infared thermometers...the author presents thorough explanations based on physical principles that are intuitive, clear, and refreshing. The care exercised by Mary Beth in writing and reviewing this material is exemplified by the fact that I could not find a single error, either in the typesetting or in the scientific contents...an excellent text for an introduction in soil-water-plant relations. I also find it an extremely valuable reference for my own library because of the supplementary material that I usually cannot find in other related textbooks. I would highly recommend it for students and professionals alike.""
- Jan W. Hopmans, University of California, Davis

""The sheer magnitude of this book's subject matter could overwhelm many readers, but Dr. Kirkham spares us this fate by virtue of superb organization, foundation building, and clear, example-rich writing...I am pleased to recommend this book to students and scientists at any level who profess interest in soil-water science or plant-water relations, and to dendrochronologists or environmental botanists who investigate the effects of water stresses upon tree growth and structure. It would serve as an excellent text for a graduate or advanced undergraduate course, as well, and indeed I expect it to become the standard for this purpose. I would gladly spend my own money for this book, which today joins other timely references on the lowest shelf of my bookcase, within arm's reach.""
-T.M. Y